Photographer's Note

This a follow up to the one of her on the nest , the result of 28days of sitting still was 7 little fluffy balls with red heads and a white tip to the beak, which is what the parents aim for when offering food to the youngsters, The food is all insect and worm type which is either dived for and chuncks of pond weed brought to the surface and searched for dragonfly larvae etc. also the reeds and irises round the edge of the lake are searched,then there are the expiditions onto land to hunt through the padock grass for other insects . This is where most of the babies meet an untimely end usually by domestic/feral cats, in our case it is the magpies who at this time of year have a field days with fledglings , jump on them and shake them by the neck till it breaks the eat them.We are now down to 2 but the parents seem able to defend these well enough. and they are growing well.Though the male coot may not be entirely blamless in thier deaths as I have seen him attack a baby that was in his way, and in previous years they have systamatically killed all the baby Moorhens (thats the simular bird but with a red and yellow face)which is odd because I have also seen them nest within 4ft / 120cm in plain sight of each other with-out a cross far no sign of any baby moorhen babies this year.
this picture shows the babies as a group being feed by both parents.
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Additional Photos by Robert Brown (RobBrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 389 W: 57 N: 304] (1797)
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